Super Saver headed on to Preakness

LOUISVILLE -- Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver will run in the Preakness in two weeks, his trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed Sunday morning at Churchill Downs.

Pletcher, who won his first Kentucky Derby Saturday, said Super Saver came out of the race with no injuries and that he would stay in Kentucky to train, likely shipping to Baltimore on the Wednesday before the race.


"I think his running style suits Pimlico well," Pletcher said. "I don't think he'll have any problem with the tighter track. As a rule, it's a racetrack that you kind of have to be involved [in the race] early, so I think that suits him."

Pletcher said it's unlikely at this point that any of his other horses -- Devil May Care, Mission Impazible or Discreetly Mine -- would enter the Preakness. He all but ruled out Devil May Care and Discreetly Mine, and said he still needed to talk to the owners of Mission Impazible before making a final decision there.


Pletcher joked that he had no choice to run in the Preakness after jockey Calvin Borel declared he was going to win the Triple Crown Saturday after the victory. But he also 

"The one thing you've got to like about Calvin is his confidence," Pletcher said. "I don't think I've ever had a jockey come to the paddock more focused. I would equate it to someone coming out for a heavyweight fight. He was so in the zone, so pumped up. He didn't have much to say, but you could see the intensity on his face."

Nick Zito, who trained second-place finisher Ice Box, seemed to indicate his horse would be unlikely to enter the Preakness right now, but that he needed to wait a few days to see how he looked before making a decision. Zito said his other Derby horse, Jackson Bend, was more likey to enter the race. 

"I don't know right now, and I won't make a decision until next week," Zito said. "Ice Box trained very, very hard for six weeks, and it's not necessarily easy to come back in two weeks. I never say never, but coming off a lay-off, it's a hard thing to do if you just run him right back." 

Bob Baffert, who trained sixth-place finisher Lookin At Lucky, said he would probably wait a week before deciding whether his horse would head to Baltimore.

"I'm going to keep you all in suspense," Baffert said. "I'm just going to wait and see how he looks on the track."